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Cody & Stephanie
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about our family. We can only imagine the emotions you must be feeling, but our hope and prayer is that in reviewing our profile you will come to see the abundance of love and affection we have to offer. Adoption has long been on our hearts, and we would be deeply honored if you chose to bless our family with your child.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have always wanted a large family and have long spoken of building our family through adoption. Ever since we were married, we discussed adoption and the joy that would bring to our lives. At the time, we didn't know how soon God would have adoption in store for us.
We have two children that we love more than words could describe! Our oldest, Collin, is 5-years-old and loves to read, play outside, and run around with Lexi, our Goldendoodle. Ethan, our 3-year-old, loves coloring, playing with any ball he can find, and following his big brother around everywhere. The two are always up to something, though subtlety is not one of their strengths. It's so fun to hear them giggling when they are trying to sneak up on us or when we are all playing hide and seek together. They are fun-loving, energetic, and a constant joy in our lives. Both have such caring personalities, and we know that they will each make terrific big brothers!
Stephanie had medical difficulties during both of her pregnancies which led to her doctor recommending we no longer try for any additional biological children. We saw this as God's way of showing us that it was His timing for us to adopt a child to continue to grow our family. Our boys are such a joy and we can't wait to add another child to our family!
Our Life Priorities
God and family are the two most important things in our lives.
We were both raised in Christian households. Over the years, our individual relationships with God have grown into personal relationships and we feel that God has led us now to adoption. We have been members of our current church since 2015. We attend weekly, as well as serve in the children's ministry. We have built some great relationships within our small group also. Our group is a mixture of parents of young children, ranging from newborn to elementary age kids.
Growing up, family has always been extremely important for both of us. We have known each other for 14 years and have grown very close to each other's parents and siblings. How Cody related with Stephanie's family and Stephanie with Cody's meant a lot to each of us. This allowed us both to see how important family was to the other and how we would be treated by each other's family once we were married.
When we had our children, the importance of family was amplified. We each originally worked after having both of our boys. Over time, Stephanie felt the call to stay at home with our boys. Even though Stephanie enjoyed her career as an accountant, she knew that this was invaluable time that was needed with our boys. Between Stephanie being a stay-at-home mom and Cody working from home, we have more time and flexibility to care and love on our children.
Our Family Traditions
Family traditions are very important to us, whether it is weekly get-togethers or annual celebrations. We each had traditions growing up that we melded together and added new ones after we got married. We enjoy nightly dinners together, game nights each week, and seeing extended family almost every weekend.
Holidays are always lots of fun and we have many traditions that we look forward to each year. There is an annual Fall Festival in town every year, and we love picking up some homemade root beer and funnel cakes as we watch the parade march through downtown. Thanksgiving is spent with family before staying up late and going out shopping on Black Friday, and every December we spend a weekend baking goodies with Stephanie's parents for Christmas. Our boys also enjoy searching for Easter eggs, spending the night at grandpa and grandma's house, and watching our community firework displays every Fourth of July.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a Missouri suburb and enjoy being in a smaller town with all the amenities of a large city. Our community has multiple annual events, including fall parades and festivals, a Santa bus every Christmas, and multiple activities around Labor Day and Fourth of July. We have multiple swimming pools, parks, community centers, and an amazing zoo close by.
Our home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac at the end of the street. It is a two-story, three bedroom house and has two living areas that we use daily. We spend a lot of time in our family room where the boys alternate between hopping in the ball pit, tapping away on the piano, or playing with their numerous games and toys. Another favorite spot in our house is our outside areas. We have a fenced backyard with a playset and multiple other outdoor toys. We love spending time outside swinging, playing with balls, and blowing bubbles.
One of our favorite things to do is pull out our wagon and take a walk through our neighborhood. We take a new route every time we go, but always make a stop by the community pond so the boys and dog can enjoy seeing the large water fountain spraying water into the air. We pass other families playing outside while we are out, and we are excited in knowing our children will be able to play with others their own age.
Our Extended Families
Our extended family is very involved in our lives. Both sets of parents live within 10 minutes of us, and we usually see at least one side each week.
Cody's parents and two brothers are a fun-loving, energetic bunch. We love spending time with them outdoors, be it playing croquet, swimming, fishing, or any number of other activities. Last year, we went on a camping trip with Cody's parents, which happened to be Stephanie's and our boys' first time. We spent the time making s'mores, mini golfing, hiking, boating, and more. It was very relaxing and an enjoyable weekend spent with grandma and grandpa.
With Stephanie's parents and sister, we enjoy playing on our swing sets, going to baseball games, and playing board games. We also take frequent road trips with them to see family out of state. These road trips are so fun, as we always try and sprinkle in different activities, such as visiting new children's museums or attending a parade for a local beef festival.
Both sides of our family are extremely involved in our boys' lives. Holidays are particularly special with our families. We typically spend an entire day with each side and enjoy holiday-themed games, such as candy cane scavenger hunts, Christmas Bingo, and finding a hidden ornament on the Christmas tree.
From Us to You
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome a new little one into our family, and are so very thankful that you are taking the time to view our profile. We can only imagine the emotions and struggles you are going through, but please know that we have been praying for you and your baby for quite some time. We care deeply for you, and we wish with all of our hearts to share the love and laughter of our home with your child.
We have been married for seven wonderful years, but have known each other for twice as long. Early on in our relationship, we discussed family and what that would look like for us. We both shared the desire to have a large family, with adoption playing an integral part. After two years of marriage, we had our first son, followed by our second almost two years later. With both of Stephanie's pregnancies, she experienced difficulties recovering. Due to those complications, along with our doctor's recommendation regarding future children, we made the decision to not have any more biological children. This was not what we expected, but we had always talked about the idea of building our family through adoption and came to the realization that this was what God had in store for us all along.
Our family has so much love and affection to lavish on your child. We are overjoyed at the prospect of growing our family through adoption, and our two boys are just as eager to become older brothers. Both have such warm and caring personalities and they light up whenever we discuss bringing a new child home. They are already asking when they will be able to play tag or read with their new sibling! Just picturing all of us apple picking in fall, building snowmen in winter, riding bikes in spring, and camping out in summer is enough to bring smiles to our faces.
We simply cannot wait to start building these future memories, but you are probably wondering how we will bring up the adoption with your child and how he or she will think of you as they grow older. Rest assured, we will always act in the child's best interest and will be completely honest with them about their adoption. They will know of your strength and courage for choosing adoption. We are more than willing to keep an open line of communication with you, sharing letters and pictures of your child as they grow. In addition, we are open to an in person visit when the time is right.
We appreciate you looking over our profile and would be deeply honored if you chose us. We promise that your child would receive nothing short of our unconditional love. He or she will travel through life with two caring older brothers and will experience a constant sense of belonging and inclusion. Every decision we make will be for their benefit, and we will always strive to put their needs above our own. Thank you so much for your consideration, and God bless!
Cody & Stephanie